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Jury awards wounded cop $15 million

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Paul Phillips, who worked for 12 years as a Fulton County Police Officer, knew one day he could get shot.

Phillips never had any idea a cop would pull the trigger.

Back in 2008 Phillips, then a corporal, stopped to help out as someone flagged him down in Gwinnett County.

"It's still a very surreal and confusing and stressful thought," Phillips said.

Jay Dailey, an off-duty Duluth cop, had beaten and pepper sprayed Leresa Graham.

"He was using a department-issued weapon. He had a department-issued belt on. He had his department-issued bullet proof vest," Phillips said.

Dailey opened fire before Phillips could say anything to him.

The gunshots ripped apart Phillips's left arm, shattering bone and shredding muscle.

Phillips underwent eight operations to reconstruct his arm.    

Dailey was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

For Phillips, life has been tough.

"I can't work," Phillips said.

Phillips and his wife, Stephanie, struggle to put food on the table for their kids, Raleigh and Connor.

Phillips is plagued by physical and emotional pain.

"A brother in uniform shot at me, hit me, damaged me in a way that caused me to lose my career," Phillips said, who is retired, on disability and on pain killers around the clock.

As a way to ease some of that pain a jury this week awarded Phillips $15 million.

"It really does my heart good to know people care about the people who serve them enough to say 'you're pain is worth something,'" Phillips said.

The tragic irony is Phillips likely will never see one cent of the money the jury awarded him since Dailey is in prison, has no insurance and no significant savings.

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